Shivam Dube conceded 34 in the only over he bowled during the fifth T20I against New Zealand at the Bay Oval, the second most expensive over on T20I history.
Dube came on to bowl the 10th over of New Zealand’s chase, with the hosts still needing 100 to win at a little above nine rune per over. Tim Seifert and Ross Taylor, who were well set at that point, decided to take on his gentle medium pace. The former struck back-to-back sixes off the first two balls: one over mid-wicket and the other over the leaping Washington Sundar at deep square leg, before playing a fine paddle-scoop for a four.
A single on the next ball got Taylor on strike and the veteran flicked one past mid-wicket, where a misfield from Sundar resulted in another boundary. Dube had also overstepped and Taylor took full toll of the free-hit, striking a length ball deep into the mid-wicket stands. The bowler then responded by shortening his length and Taylor ambled across and smashed another over the on-side boundary. Thirty-four runs had come off the over.
Dube’s last over: 6 6 4 1 4nb 6 6
34 RUNS FROM THE OVER!
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) February 2, 2020
Dube went past Wayne Parnell, Izatullah Dawlatzai and Stuart Binny, all of whom had conceded 32 runs in a single over previously to share second place on the list of most expensive T20I overs. While Parnell and Dawlatzai’s overs included two no-balls each, Binny had bowled a wide and was taken for five sixes and a single by Evin Lewis. The overall record is held by England’s Stuart Broad, who was famously taken for six consecutive sixes by India’s Yuvraj Singh in the Super Eights fixture of the T20 World Cup 2007, played in Durban, South Africa.
Dube’s 34-run over brought down the equation to 66 off the final ten overs, but after New Zealand’s monumental choke crumbled from 116-3 to 141-9, the Blackcaps were consigned to their fifth straight defeat in the series. The win meant that India became the first ever team to whitewash their opponents in a five-match bilateral T20I affair.